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WaLeg Day 4: Inslee press conference, budget hearing, Supreme Court by district

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee has an 11 a.m. press conference Thursday, where he'll probably field questions about Tuesday's state of the state address and the GOP reaction to it.

His supplemental budget proposal has a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. in Senate Ways and Means, where Chairman Andy Hill has been less than enthusiastic about Inslee's proposal to close tax exemptions to pay for proposed raises for teachers.

Senate Law and Justice has an 8 a.m. hearing on how to divide the state into districts for selecting Supreme Court justices. Such a plan would first need a constitutional amendment to call for such a division, and while three such proposed amendments were introduced last year, only one got a hearing and none got a floor vote..

Senate Government Operations and Security will consider penalties for government officials who attend a closed meeting that the law says should have been open.

Senate Higher Ed gets an update on how the state colleges and universities are doing.

House Local Government has a hearing on a bill that would let cities and counties impose stricter restrictions on fireworks. 

And there's more. For a full list of committee meetings, click here. 

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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